“When she gives birth, it will be at Westchester Medical Center,” she said.“She will remain there with the baby until her hospital stay is over, something that’s determined by the doctors.”
Simmons has a choice what to do next, Foglia said.
The child could be placed with the father or “whatever arrangements she made, either with a parent or her family.”
She would be able to see the baby during normal visitation hours.
Or, Foglia said, Simmons could apply for the nursery program, where the baby would stay with Simmons at Bedford for one year.
Inmates eligible for release after 18 months could get an extension, something not likely in Simmons’s case.
Bedford Hills has the oldest prison nursery in the United States, opening in 1901, and New York is one of only nine states that offer such nurseries.
It costs an average of $25,000 a year to care for a child in prison, according to Women’s Prison Association.
She knew she was looking at prison time when she got pregnant. Sad..........